30 officials audition for NFL positions

Photo from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'TfjW5bRzRO1WH2WxlWAE1w',sig:'xY1QpdoGGBL275S3-njIvnuI9fMSKI69ewxqyeeFeJA=',w:'594px',h:'416px',items:'627765608',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   The NFL has released the names of 30 officials taking part in the 2017 Officiating Development Program. These officials work NFL training camp and preseason games. They then return to officiate in college. The officials are considered finalists once a spot on the roster

4 more hired to fill out officials’ roster

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL has hired four more officials due a late shuffle of retirements and front office moves. The new hires, with their most recent college position, are: U -- Steve Woods (Big Ten) L -- Brian Bolinger (Big Ten) B -- Mearl Robinson (Pac 12) L -- Danny Short (ACC) All four officials

The science of building good NFL crews

Embed from Getty Images   As NFL officials prepare for their mini-clinic in May, the NFL officiating office is building 17 officiating crews. Exiting senior vice president for officiating Dean Blandino will oversee the rest of the offseason (which ends May 15 for officials), so he has a say in the crew

NFL creates new officiating post: VP of replay and administration

In an active offseason with the NFL voting to centralize replay and senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino resigning to take a TV job, there is a new layer added. The NFL has announced that it is hiring a brand new position: vice president for instant replay and administration.  The

NFL preparing to hire new officials

View image | gettyimages.com Commentary by Mark Schultz We are coming up on a critical few weeks in the NFL as vice president for officiating, Dean Blandino, will be hiring new officials, assigning positions, and beginning the orientation process for the new pro zebras. While 2014 saw a near-record number of retirements

Mark Pellis is 13th offseason hire by NFL

The league announced that Mark Pellis has been hired to fill the vacancy left by the surprise retirement of Mike Carey, who left the field to become an officiating analyst for CBS Sports. He is the 13th college official hired by the NFL this offseason. Pellis comes to the NFL from

Officiating Dept. has late shuffle to fill spot

With 12 vacancies filled in the last few months, how will the NFL approach filling a 13th spot after the resignation of referee Mike Carey?  The NFL could hire another official from college, persuade a recently retired official to come back for one more season, or they could go